CHEMY100-22A (TGA)

Chemistry in Context - Matū o te Ao

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
School of Science
Chemistry and Applied Physics


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Paper Description

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This paper covers a broad range of chemical concepts that are fundamental to the sciences and engineering. A strong emphasis is made to teach concepts through real-life examples from the world around us.

Ko te whāinga matua o tēnei pepa, kia toro atu ki ngā akoranga tūāpapa o te Mātai Matū e hāngai ana ki ngā horopaki pūtaiao me te pūkaha.

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Paper Structure

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This paper is taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, and laboratory sessions. Chemistry is an inherently practical subject and there is a focus on students gaining the necessary laboratory skills to succeed in their chosen Science major or Engineering specified programme.

Lectures are held twice per week and are supported using the Xorro student response system, which allows students to answer questions during lectures to ensure that they understand the material being taught. To participate, students will need an internet-capable device (smartphone, tablet, laptop, etc). The lecture theatres are all WiFi enabled and there are no data charges for accessing the Xorro on campus. Students may also access Xorro using their 4G connection if they prefer.

Tutorials are held for students to get assistance with the weekly problem sheets and all other aspects of the course.

Laboratory sessions begin in the second week of the trimester i.e. Friday 18 March. Students must attend their allocated laboratory session unless they have written documentation (e.g. medical certificate) explaining why they couldn’t attend their normal session. A short test is held at the beginning of each laboratory session so it is important that students arrive promptly.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Demonstrate academic integrity in a scientific context
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  • Describe the composition of matter and use atomic theory to account for bonding and chemical reactivity.
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  • Solve quantitative chemistry problems, demonstrating logic and reason to ensure that results are physically reasonable.
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  • Account for the physical properties and solubility of molecules, as well as other chemical phenomena, in terms of the underlying chemical structure and intermolecular interactions that are involved.
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  • Apply the gas laws to predict and explain the physical/chemical behaviour of gases.
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  • Predict and interpret the outcomes of acid/base reactions, redox reactions and equilibrium reactions.
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  • Use IUPAC nomenclature to name inorganic compounds and to name and draw organic molecules
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  • Describe and explain the underlying chemistry of everyday life and the world around them, in both written and oral forms.
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  • Safely undertake simple chemical experimental techniques, including weighing by difference, preparing and diluting solutions, measuring pH, titration, determing concentration using spectroscopy.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 40% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 60:40 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 40% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Midterm online test
12 Apr 2022
7:00 PM
  • Other: Online test
2. Xorro Participation
  • In Class: In Lecture
3. Practical Examination
10 Jun 2022
1:00 PM
  • Hand-in: In Lab
4. Weekly Laboratory Tests
  • Hand-in: In Lab
5. Final online exam
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Recommended Readings

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CHEM2: Chemistry in Your World, John L. Hogg. ISBN: 978-1-133-96298-4
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Online Support

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This paper has a Moodle page ( where you will be able to access pdfs of lecture notes and powerpoints, lecture recordings, and assessment materials. There are also discussion forums where you can both ask and answer questions.

Lectures will also be recorded using Panopto and will be available to view online.

PLEASE NOTE: Moodle will be used for class notices etc and it is your responsibility to check the site regularly. Instructions provided on Moodle and in lectures are considered to be given to the class as a whole.

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The total workload expected for this paper is 150 hours. There are 23 hours of contact time scheduled for lectures and a further 33 hours available for drop-in tutorials. Students are required to complete 30 hours of laboratory work. The remaining hours are to be managed by the student to complete the weekly homework and to study for the test and final exam.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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Restricted papers: CHEM100, CHEMY101

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